Taylor scores 28 as No. 10 Kansas beats Iowa State

By Dave Skretta

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Jan. 14 2012 4:27 p.m. MST

Kansas center Jeff Withey (5) dunks while covered by Iowa State forward Royce White (30) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.

Orlin Wagner, Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Tyshawn Taylor scored 22 of his career-high 28 points after halftime, and No. 10 Kansas used a game-changing second-half run to knock off Iowa State 82-73 on Saturday.

Taylor hit three 3-pointers and dished out six assists, leading the Jayhawks (14-3, 4-0 Big 12) on a 17-2 run midway through the second half. It was part of a larger 30-9 burst by the defending conference champions that carried them to their seventh consecutive victory.

Jeff Withey added 13 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and Thomas Robinson 11 points and 14 rebounds for his 12th double-double of the season. Elijah Johnson also had 12 points.

The Jayhawks, who haven't lost to Iowa State since February 2005, will carry plenty of momentum into a marquee showdown Monday night with undefeated and fourth-ranked Baylor, which romped to a 106-65 win over Oklahoma State earlier Saturday.

Royce White had 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Cyclones (12-5, 2-2), who played Missouri down to the wire earlier in the week and gave the Jayhawks similar fits.

At least, for most of the game.

Chris Allen added 17 points, Melvin Ejim had 12 and Scott Christopherson 10 for the Cyclones, who shot 9 of 28 (32 percent) from the 3-point line and just 16 of 25 (64 percent) from the foul line.

The Cyclones stuck to their scouting report at the start.

White hit his first 3-point attempt of the season, and Ejim added another 3 moments later as a team known for the long ball built a 17-7 lead over the first 5 minutes.

Kansas went on a run of its own to close within 18-16, but the Cyclones extended the lead back to 27-18. They took their largest lead of the half at 39-28 when Christopherson hit a 3-pointer and Allen a pair of free throws with 4:43 remaining, quieting the crowd inside Allen Fieldhouse.

The Jayhawks went on a late run to get within 43-40 at the break, but Iowa State scored the first nine points of the second half as Kansas missed four consecutive free throws.

That's when Taylor and the Jayhawks went on their game-turning run.

Withey started it with a basket that got the crowd stirring, and Johnson added another basket to trim the lead to 52-45 with 14:43 left. Taylor got in the act with a basket of his own, the first of three consecutive field goals the senior guard scored for the Jayhawks.

The Cyclones still led 59-53 with 11:50 remaining when Withey converted a three-point play, the start of a 17-2 run. Taylor added a 3-pointer to draw the Jayhawks even, and back-to-back baskets by Kevin Young and Withey gave them their first lead since 7-6 with 17:29 left in the first half.

By the time Withey scored off a feed from Johnson and Taylor knocked down another basket, the Kansas lead had swelled to 70-61 and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg was begging for a timeout.

It managed to settle the Cyclones a bit. They closed within 72-70 with 6:35 remaining on consecutive baskets by Ejim, but Young and Taylor answered and Iowa State never threatened again.

The Jayhawks, coming off an 81-46 win at Texas Tech, have won the last 13 meetings with Iowa State. They've also won 16 straight games at Allen Fieldhouse.

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